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February 2009 | Edition: No. 2009-1 | Chancellor Willis N. Holcombe

First and Second Teams Announced!

2009 All-Florida Academic Team

The Florida College System is pleased to announce the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team. This year’s team includes 92 students which represent Florida’s state, community and junior colleges, one independent college and one independent university.

Each year, a PTK All-Florida Academic Team is named to recognize outstanding students. This year the luncheon and awards ceremony will be held at the Florida State University Center Club Ballroom on April 2, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. A tour of the Capitol will follow at 2:30 p.m. The team will be recognized by the Florida Legislature and other state leaders. Invitations were mailed directly to college presidents and emails have been sent to nominees, advisors and administrators.

To RSVP, students must complete the registration form at by Monday, March 9, 2009, even if they do not plan to participate.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the evening of April 1, 2009, at the La Quinta Tallahassee South (full information on our website) under the group name of Phi Theta Kappa. Hotel reservations also need to be made by Monday, March 9, 2009.

Sponsors for this year’s event include the Florida Association of Community Colleges and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Florida Region. We are grateful for their active support of our students.

Additionally, The Florida College System would like to recognize two PTK advisors who were chosen to receive scholarships to attend the Phi Theta Kappa 2009 International Convention in Texas. Those advisors are: Jana Bielicki (Hillsborough Community College) and Shelby Fiorentino (Valencia Community College). Congratulations to them!

1st Team

  • James Alcorn - Polk Community College
  • Maria Alvarez - Miami Dade College
  • Jonathan Belles - Saint Petersburg College
  • Cynthia Blackburn - Indian River State College
  • Sara Brady - Hillsborough Community College
  • Trishelle Copeland-Johnson - Seminole State College
  • D'Angelo Ferguson - Pasco-Hernando Community College
  • Amanda Handley - Hillsborough Community College
  • Emily Kandagawa - Indian River State College
  • Scott Kercheville - Florida College
  • Emory Maxwell - Lake-Sumter Community College
  • Nan McKee - Pensacola Junior College
  • Cassie Mitchell - Chipola College
  • Matthew Norris - Florida Keys Community College
  • Morgan O'Keefe - Tallahassee Community College
  • Jhon Pereda - Miami Dade College
  • Wesley Pitts - Manatee Community College
  • Beth Pramschufer - Manatee Community College
  • Russell Register - Chipola College
  • Praiselynn Santos - Valencia Community College
  • Ilah Schosser-Payne - Brevard Community College
  • Anna Schubarth - Lake City Community College
  • Jared Silvia - Valencia Community College
  • Grace Speese - Polk Community College
  • Claudia Suarez-Perez - Miami Dade College
  • Melinda Thackrah - Saint Petersburg College
  • Alberto Tornes - Miami Dade College
  • Tisha Van Pelt - Brevard Community College
  • Elizabeth Vorlicky - Beach Community College
  • Katherine Young - Pasco-Hernando Community College

2nd Team

  • Christopher Almquist - Brevard Community College
  • Alessandro Bailetti - Pensacola Junior College
  • Christen Bannister - Brevard Community College
  • Robin Barnes - Indian River State College
  • Veronica Bolivar - Miami Dade College
  • Danielle Borth - Central Florida Community College
  • Nikita Carter - Hillsborough Community College
  • Michelle D'Onofrio - Pasco-Hernando Community College
  • Lisa Davis - Indian River State College
  • Ana De la Cruz - Miami Dade College
  • Peter Dewey - Keiser University
  • Robert Diaz - Broward College
  • Kim Do - Valencia Community College
  • Whitney Dodson - Valencia Community College
  • Jonathan Drapeau - Central Florida Community College
  • Chelsea Ebert - Tallahassee Community College
  • Jeremy Eddy - Florida Community College at Jacksonville
  • Emmanuel Ercole - Saint Johns River Community College
  • Michael Filipelli - Indian River State College
  • Steven Fisch - Saint Petersburg College
  • Diana Flores - Valencia Community College
  • Meghan Giroir - Saint Petersburg College
  • Tamariay Gordon - Lake City Community College
  • Ashley Gower - Saint Petersburg College
  • Paige Griffiths - Hillsborough Community College
  • Kathleen Hall - Indian River State College
  • Gezime Ismaili - Saint Petersburg College
  • Monika Jackson - Valencia Community College
  • Niesha Jex - Pasco-Hernando Community College
  • Julio Josafath - Broward College
  • Sarah Kirkland - Gulf Coast Community College
  • Maria Kolba - Edison State College
  • Maria Larios - Miami Dade College
  • Judith Laurent - Brevard Community College
  • Danbee Lee - Gulf Coast Community College
  • Jodi Leonard - Pasco-Hernando Community College
  • Brandi Lessner - Saint Johns River Community College
  • Daniela Mazzetti - Miami Dade College
  • Julianne Metzger - Florida College
  • Sarah Murr - Broward College
  • Christopher Neal - Indian River State College
  • Michelle Nemeth - Lake-Sumter Community College
  • Matthew Palmeira - Seminole State College
  • Gabriela Perez - Miami Dade College
  • Soliz Perez-Rivera - Brevard Community College
  • Alaric Perhot - Hillsborough Community College
  • Minerva Poblet - Miami Dade College
  • Elif Raynor - Broward College
  • Yamile Reyes - Miami Dade College
  • Danielle Richmond - Lake-Sumter Community College
  • Sally Rodriguez - Seminole State College
  • Natalie Rodriguez - Northwest Florida State College
  • Susana Rodriguez - Miami Dade College
  • Yuray Rodriguez - Miami Dade College
  • Jennifer Segers - South Florida Community College
  • Katrina Shadix - Seminole State College
  • Gabriela Toledo - Miami Dade College
  • Georgina Tougher - Indian River State College
  • Michelle Turlington - Keiser University
  • Ethan Urbanczyk - Northwest Florida State College
  • Jami Worley - Manatee Community College
  • Tabitha Yohe - Polk Community College

Admissions Directors Invited to All-Florida Academic Team Event

Representatives from four-year state, community and junior college baccalaureate programs, state universities, and private institutions are invited to participate in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team event on Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Tallahassee. During the “College and University Fair,” students can meet with admissions representatives to learn more about the admissions process, programs of study, and potential scholarships. Students will also learn about the many academic, social, study abroad, and community service opportunities available to those who transfer to a college or university in Florida. We are excited to have these representatives join us for this special event!

PTK Contacts

  • Lesley Hafford
    External Affairs Coordinator
    The Florida College System
  • Andrew Myers
    Communications Director
    The Florida College System
  • Kasongo Butler
    Assistant Chancellor
    The Florida College System
  • Susan Lewis
    PTK Advisor
    Florida Community College at Jacksonville
    (904) 381-3643
  • Connie LaMarca-Frankel
    PTK Florida Region Coordinator
    Pasco-Hernando Community College
    (352) 567-6701 x1205

The Florida College System

The Department of Education’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by providing them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities, and to maintain an accountability system that measures student progress. All articles presented in this newsletter represent our efforts towards ensuring the fulfillment of this mission for all state, community and junior college students.